The smell of chalkboard dust and soil

2014-03-09T12:46:03-05:00

Image links to Pickle Me This, home of the Challenge   Martha Ostenso's Wild Geese (1925) This feels, to me, like the quintessentially Canadian novel, the sort that I can imagine being assigned by English teachers (well, except for a couple of scenes that would have undoubtedly ruffled

The smell of chalkboard dust and soil2014-03-09T12:46:03-05:00

How many clever readers does it take to make a “great” book?

2014-02-27T17:25:20-05:00

Image links to Pickle Me This, home of the Challenge I read Ray Smith’s Century (1986) for Canada Reads Independently, but I’m going to draw from previous Canada Reads’ Un-Independently lists for these comparisons: Century is like Aquin’s Next Episode, like Cohen’s Beautiful Losers. You see what I

How many clever readers does it take to make a “great” book?2014-02-27T17:25:20-05:00

A Moody Reader?

2014-02-27T16:50:25-05:00

Ray Robertson's Moody Food (2002) A hundred pages into Moody Food, I was still wondering if this was really The Book for Me. And, admittedly, that's the feeling I had right at the start: a football scene is not a cozy welcome for this reader. But there was also a

A Moody Reader?2014-02-27T16:50:25-05:00

To chick-lit or not to chick-lit?

2020-04-28T17:46:52-05:00

  Image links to Pickle Me This, home of the Challenge   Katrina Onstad’s How Happy to Be (2006) As I’ve already mentioned, I didn’t find out about Canada Reads Independently until I’d already gotten myself thoroughly and completely Buried In Print for February; I can’t remember the

To chick-lit or not to chick-lit?2020-04-28T17:46:52-05:00

Carrie Snyder’s Hair Hat (2004)

2014-03-09T12:23:09-05:00

Image links to Pickle Me This, home of Canada Reads Independently I wrote this review when I first read the novel, shortly after the collection was published. At the time I read the collection twice (yes, it was worth it) and I would actually love to re-read it

Carrie Snyder’s Hair Hat (2004)2014-03-09T12:23:09-05:00
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